Cor­ton and Bry­ony can light up Wetherby

The Racing Paper - - Front Page - by Mike Fran­cis

BLACK COR­TON can take the Char­lie Hall Chase at Wetherby to­day (2.40).

The de­cent ground has re­duced the field to just five but there’s plenty of qual­ity on show.

The Paul Ni­cholls sev­enyear-old has been well backed since it be­came clear there wouldn’t be any rain around the West York­shire track.

He’s al­ready got win­ning form at Grade 1 level and kept some high com­pany last year.

He didn’t like the soft ground when held in hot races at Ain­tree and Chel­tenham late on, so these con­di­tions should be ideal.

He ran up a se­quence of wins early in the cam­paign and the Ni­cholls yard has started this sea­son well.

This trip is ideal and there could be more to come over fences. It would be great to see Bry­ony Frost land her first big Satur­day win since com­ing back from her in­jury lay­off.

Dou­ble Shuf­fle hinted at win­ning a big race last sea­son with­out ever quite man­ag­ing it. His finest hour came when fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Might Bite in a thrilling King Ge­orge VI Chase on Box­ing Day.

He strug­gled to match that on his two sub­se­quent starts but this dis­tance and track should bring out the best in him.

Definitly Red was sixth in the Chel­tenham Gold Cup so is re­spected. He ended the sea­son un­seat­ing in the Ain­tree Bowl but is bet­ter than that. How­ever, he’s an­other who likes it soft with two of his best ef­forts com­ing on heavy ground. He’s gone well be­fore here though and trainer Brian El­li­son wouldn’t be run­ning him un­less he thought the go­ing would be okay.

Vir­gilio is tak­ing a de­served step up in grade af­ter win­ning the Sum­mer Cup at Ut­tox­eter. He stays well and will like the ground.

In this small field he may try to go from the front and get away from his ri­vals.

Top duo: Black Cor­ton and Bry­ony Frost go clear at the last be­fore win­ning the Sodexo Reynold­stown Chase at As­cot

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